Religion is a strange thing. When you look at the complexity of some Eastern religions, it seems it would be almost impossible to extricate people from this kind of thinking, and it makes some of our concerns regarding Christian denominations, even sects, seem minor by comparison. Yet I guess the Spirit has no trouble in breaking through to anyone in the world whose heart is in the right place, and that where the nasty side of some religions (other than perhaps where it involves “demonic” type of activity) has not “entered into their heart”, and is simply a matter of them being conformed to the prevailing religious thinking in their geographical area, then even that incredible complexity of mixed up thinking can be brought by the Spirit, to the “knowledge” of the gospel of Jesus.
So perhaps there is even hope for some of these sects and cult type people as they are called, those who claim to preach the gospel yet have completely missed the point of it and continue to push their own intellectually based agenda of superiority and separation from conventional Christianity, not realising that rather than creating a separation of themselves from “the world” and traditional faith, they are increasing their own separation from the very God they claim to serve.
They do not seem to understand that, like the rest of us, God has caused a huge upheaval in the scheme of things, and has taken the matter of their salvation completely out of their hands, having done away with the old and brought in the new, so that a whole different approach has to be taken to what he has now done in Jesus.
Rather than have to “scrape and bow” in our misery and our guilt before Him as we always felt we did, He has placed us as those who have been cleansed from the past and as those liberated from sin and death, without further ado, having taken sin and death “off the table”, instead, giving us unconditional forgiveness and acceptance. The “veil” of separation between us and Him has been torn asunder. Unfortunately, unless we accept his welcoming arms and cling to them, the “final act” will find us still apart from him, and still holding on to that which He has in fact removed for us, and so we will continue to be void and empty of life.
Not understanding this, many are still trying to achieve that which he has already achieved FOR US. He has placed us in the position where we only have to say THANKS VERY MUCH and then get on with the business of HIS life instead of the business of OUR life, because now the two are actually the one, and we have to recognise this. He “made us to die with him”, we don’t get a say in the matter. He has completed the “first half of the business” FOR US. (He really has completed the WHOLE of the business). The “contract” signed by love in his blood is completed and has been finalised, only awaiting our signature also, which is TO BELIEVE HIM.
So while there are always going to be challenges to our faith and always be a testing of it, it is “only” a matter of our conformation to that which ALREADY EXISTS.
We don’t have to create it, or ourselves, that is HIS doing, and he has already done it. We can only accept Him or reject Him, based on our desire and willingness (or not) to become a part of Him and his LOVE.
While we continue to “puddle around” in our own thinking that wants to retain its own religious autonomy, rather than accept His completed plan for us, we will remain lost in the designs and complication of our “flesh”, our own thinking and convoluted reasoning which continues to want to be separated from God, and which will generate all manner of means by which to claim God’s plan as incomplete without the injection of many religious forms of observance by which to further the personal agenda. And this is what the sects and the cults are doing.
[Religious cults and sects would have to be the perfect hiding place for the agenda of the flesh to manifest and masquerade as beings of light]